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All Delhi-NCR vehicles must carry fuel stickers by October, says EPCA

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The Supreme Court-appointed body Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority on Thursday directed the Delhi government and other states whose territories fall within the National Capital Region (NCR) to ensure that all four-wheelers — old and new; private and commercial; cars, trucks and buses — must have colour-coded stickers indicating what fuel they use by October 2019.

EPCA also asked all these states to ensure only High Security Registration Plates (HSRP) are used for all vehicles, even those bought before the number plates were made compulsory, before the October deadline.

“EPCA would like to get all four states — Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan — to notify the options and time frame under which they will ensure that all old four-wheelers would get the colour-coded stickers and HSRP. This work should be completed by October 2019,” said Sunita Narain, one of the EPCA members.

According to the EPCA directive, petrol and CNG vehicles must put light-blue stickers on their windscreens, diesel vehicles must have orange stickers, and electric and hybrid vehicles must use green stickers. In Delhi, new vehicles have been getting colour-coded stickers and HSRPs since last October. Now older vehicles to will get these in phases, starting with those registered in 2011 and 2012.

So far about 76,000 four-wheelers registered in Delhi have got HSRP and stickers, according to the state transport department. Delhi has around 5 million other four-wheelers that need them.

Coloured stickers will help authorities remove vehicles from the road based on their age and fuel-type on days when emergency road rationing measures are implemented. An EPCA official said this will make it easier to target and restrict the movement of diesel vehicles, which are compartitively more polluting that petrol and CNG vehicles.

HSRPs will help track vehicles with a laser number linked to the registration number uploaded on the VAHAN, the Delhi government transport department’s online portal since last year.

“As we have one vendor, we will implement this in phases. For now, vehicles which were registered between 2011 and 2012 are being catered to. We will soon float tenders to appoint new vendors to speed up the process,” said KK Dahiya, special commissioner (transport).

Vehicle-owners are meant to register online and approach the government-appointed vendor to get the plates and stickers updated in Delhi and Haryana. There are no vendors in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan.

Pollution in Delhi-NCR reaches alarming levels during winter every year.

As pollution peaks in the city, the Delhi government implements the Graded Response Action Plan (Grap) to curb toxic emissions. The measures include the odd-even vehicle rationing scheme, ban on construction activities, and others restrictions.

Studies have shown that vehicles contribute significantly to Delhi’s pollution.

A 2016 study by IIT-Kanpur had shown that vehicles are responsible for around 36% of nitrogen dioxide and 20% of PM2.5 in the Capital’s air.

“This is an important step. The colour-coded stickers would help authorities identify vehicles which are running on dirty fuels and keep track of their date of manufacture. This data could be effectively used to take action to fight pollution,” said Anumita Roychowdhury, executive director (research and advocacy) at Centre for Science and Environment.

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17-year-old boy apprehended in Delhi for stalking girls on Instagram.

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A 17-year-old boy has been apprehended by the Delhi Police for allegedly stalking a number of minor girls on Instagram and threatening to publish their private photos.

According to the police, a father filed a complaint after becoming concerned that his 14-year-old daughter’s Instagram photos might have been shared with others.

According to the police, both the father and the daughter were counseled. The girl had shared her private photos and videos with a friend on instagram, and now the friend is pressurizing her to have more inappropriate conversations and send more of her private photos, the police said.

A case was filed based on the statement made by the minor girl.

Source: IndianExpress

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Arvind Kejriwal and Bhagwant Mann inaugurates 400 Mohalla Clinic in Amritsar

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Image: Bhagwant Mann (Twitter)

Friday, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inaugurated 400 Mohalla Clinics in Amritsar’s Putlighar.
Amritsar now has 400 mohalla clinics, bringing the total in the state to 500.

As a chief guest at the inauguration, Delhi CM Kejriwal expressed his happiness and noted that Punjab’s clinics were constructed in ten months rather than the five years it took to construct them in Delhi. He added that a lot of districts and villages will get new clinics.

“I am very happy and thankful for the citizens for believing in us. My little brother, Mann, has fulfilled another guarantee,” he said.

Kejriwal said, “Being a full state, Punjab suffers no interference from the central government unlike Delhi,” in an attack on the central government. Every village will receive more of these clinics in the coming years.”

Source: ANI

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Another Hit & Run Case: Car dragged scooty rider for 300 meters, one died

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Once again a case of hit, run, and drag has come to the fore in Delhi. One person died in this accident while the other is still admitted to the hospital. Delhi Police has arrested a total of 5 accused including the driver by registering a case under the section of culpable homicide not amounting to murder. CCTV footage of this incident has also come to the fore.

On the intervening night of Thursday-Friday, at around 3 pm, two PCR vans of Keshavpuram police station were patrolling the area. Only then the police personnel riding in it saw that a Tata Zest car hit an Activa scooty at Prerna Chowk in Kanhaiya Nagar area. Two youths were sitting on this scooty. One of the young men jumped in the air and fell on the roof of the car. At the same time, another young man jumped and got stuck between the windscreen and the bonnet of the car, while the scooty got stuck in the bumper below.

After this accident, instead of stopping the car, the accused fled from the spot, but the policemen posted in PCR caught all the 5 people in the car after chasing them for about 350 meters. During this, the policemen called the control room and informed them about the accident. The team that reached the spot took both the injured to the hospital, where one was declared brought dead by the doctors. The condition of the other youth remains critical.

Source: Aajtak

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